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Wednesday November 22nd 2017

‘St. Louis Hawks Extras’ Archives

Let the games begin….

Let the games begin….

I was lucky enough to be on hand the day this photo was taken at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis at the end of the Hawks training camp in late September 1964...Bob Pettit's last year as a St. Louis sports icon and the first full year for Ritchie Guerin as player-coach....some pretty decent NBA talent in this photo and yes, of course, I got an [...]

They do it MY way

They do it MY way

Trading in his players uniform for a full time coach's coat and tie, Hawk's icon Ritchie Guerin barks out orders from the bench in February of 1968, a year he guided the team to a 56-26 record and was named NBA Coach of the Year. It was awards like that, and a stellar playing career that saw Guerin enshrined in the NBA Hall of Fame in 2013. Well [...]

Blocked in neutral

Blocked in neutral

NBA doubleheaders were not uncommon at New York's Madison Square Garden in the 1960's...so it was at this neutral site for the Hawks and Philadelphia 76'ers that Wilt Chamberlain goes high to block a shot in his team's 107-98 victory over St. Louis on November 16, 1965...Wilt was busy elsewhere on the court that night, finishing with a game high [...]

“They’re here!!’

“They’re here!!’

That was the rally cry that send youngsters running to the outdoor courts at various recreation and public parks anytime the Hawks van would show up on a hot summer afternoon or early evening in the early 1960's....and out would step Cliff Hagan, Lennie Wilkens, Al Ferrari, Fred LaCouer, Clyde Lovellette and others.....the clinics usually lasted [...]

Let’s play ‘Keep Away’

Let’s play ‘Keep Away’

The Hawk's Cliff Hagan with a 'try and get it' shot he once said he learned to perfect in the Air Force...something about flying high and protection and all that...anyway how's this for 60's type NBA scheduling....in this January 19th, 1963 game at Kiel, Hagan scored 21 points and the Hawks beat the San Francisco Warriors 116-114....the Hawks [...]

C’mon…somebody smile

C’mon…somebody smile

Well.... maybe it was the game face of the St. Louis Hawks, the all business look, that propelled the team to the 1961 NBA finals that year...Western Division Champs for the second straight time, the team got the brunt of it's scoring from the front line known around the league and by Hawk's fans as the 'Big Three'...Center Clyde Lovellette and [...]

Sweet Lou up for two

Sweet Lou up for two

  Nicknamed "Sweet Lou" by Hawks broadcaster Jerry Gross for the smooth way a jumper left his hands and went down, Lou Hudson spent two years thrilling fans in St. Louis with a variety of shots and moves that made him one of the premier stars of the NBA. Here in this January 29th, 1967 game at Kiel, Lou gets two ahead of Philadelphia's [...]

Driving in New York? Look out!!

Driving in New York? Look out!!

Bob Pettit hits the lane over New York's Phil Jordan (who later would become a teammate) for two of his 21 points in the Hawks 128-111 win over the Knicks in this early Febuary 1961 NBA game at the Garden. What a hotbed for basketball in the 50's and 60's!! Madison Square Garden hosted NBA doubleheaders about eight times per season....the National [...]

Stretched out in 1962…

Stretched out in 1962…

Bill Russell of the Celtics blocks a shot by the Hawk's Shellie McMillon in the second quarter of this January 2nd, 1962 contest at New York's Madison Square Garden....the Celtics went on to rout the Hawks 136-99......Russell finished with 19 points...McMillion hit for 10...Bob Pettit led all scorers with 36...

Forever Young…

Forever Young…

As the 1964-65 NBA season approached, Dell Sports magazine previewed the Hawks and raised question as to the staying power of Bob Pettit, Cliff Hagan, and Ritchie Guerin, all of whom were over the age of 30. Not to worry, as the Hawks finished second in the Western Division with a respectable record of 45-35, but were upset in the first round of [...]

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